Aggressive Legal Representation for Injured Individuals in Spring Hill
Some injuries can worsen over time and progress to surrounding areas. Regional complex dystrophy syndrome is a condition that can occur following a traumatic accident. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we represent victims in the Spring Hill area who have suffered serious and debilitating harm. Our injury attorneys can assist you in seeking compensation from a negligent party if you were hurt in an accident. We bring over five decades of collective experience to help you move forward.
Regional Complex Dystrophy Syndrome
Many accident victims often suffer chronic pain as a result of their injuries. Regional complex dystrophy syndrome (RCDS), or complex regional pain syndrome, is a type of chronic and painful neurological condition where high levels of nerve impulses are sent to a particular area of the body. It is usually the result of soft tissue trauma, and it may or may not include nerve damage initially. The pain associated with RCDS, however, is progressive, and it typically exceeds the pain associated with the initial injury. For instance, the pain attributed to a hand injury can spread to the arm.
Symptoms of RCDS include:
- Continuous burning pain in an extremity;
- Joint swelling, damage, and stiffness;
- Muscle loss or weakness;
- Changes in skin texture, color, or temperature; and
- Hypersensitivity to cold and touch.
This syndrome is often the result of a traumatic injury. Significant damage to the legs, arms, and torso, for instance, can cause RCDS, as can fractures, surgeries, and heart attacks. Most cases, however, are the result of accidents.
Filing a Negligence Claim to Seek Compensation for Injuries
RCDS can occur after a serious motor vehicle accident, such as a car, truck, or motorcycle crash, or other incidents like a slip and fall. If you have been hurt because someone else acted carelessly, you can try to hold the party responsible for your harm legally liable. You would need to file a Florida personal injury lawsuit and prove that the defendant’s negligence caused your costs and losses.
Negligence forms the legal basis of liability in many accident cases. This theory applies when a person or entity causes harm to someone else through certain actions that showed inadequate care. To succeed in a negligence-based claim, a victim generally needs to prove that:
- The defendant had a legal obligation to exercise a certain standard of care;
- The defendant breached its duty of care through its actions or omissions;
- The breach caused the victim to suffer injuries; and
- Those injuries resulted in damages.
For example, if you were involved in a car crash, you would have to show that another driver caused the accident by doing something careless, like running a red light. Since RCDS is progressive, you would also need to show that it is the direct result of an injury that happened in the crash.
The defendant may counter that you were at least partly at fault for the accident. You may still recover damages, even if you were mostly responsible for your injuries. Florida allows accident victims to recover compensation in proportion to the defendant’s degree of fault. For example, a court may find that you and the defendant were 30 percent and 70 percent responsible, respectively, for the accident. In that situation, you could potentially recover up to 70 percent of your damages from the defendant.
Your compensation after an accident can include the costs of any medical care to treat your condition, including hospital stays, rehabilitation, and medication. You can also receive reimbursement for lost wages and any diminution in earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering and any property damage. Symptoms of RCDS can take time to manifest, but you can file a Florida personal injury claim up to four years from when the accident occurred.
Consult a North Tampa Attorney to Explore Your Options After an Accident
The North Tampa lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC know how car accidents and other traumatic events can affect victims and their families. We have represented numerous people who have suffered serious injuries and helped them pursue the compensation they deserve. If you are living with RCDS, we can evaluate your case and represent you in a claim against one or more negligent parties. We represent people throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Citrus Counties. Call our office today or fill out our online form to schedule an initial consultation at no cost.